Tolt - Tolt River Road nr. Carnation to Snoqualmie River

Tolt, Washington, US


Tolt River Road nr. Carnation to Snoqualmie River

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 5.7 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-12148500 350 - 1500 cfs II 00h29m 192 cfs (too low)

River Description

Logistics: The take-out is half a mile south of Carnation where Highway 203 crosses the river just before it joins the Snoqualmie. There is a park here with a road along the river. You can take out at the bridge or anywhere along this road, including paddling into the Snoqualmie and running down to the end of the first gravel bar. To reach the put-in head north towards Carnation and then turn right onto Entwhistle Street. This will turn into Tolt River Road after a bit. Follow this road to the end where you can access the river. You will need a fishing access permit to park here.


The Tolt is one of those rivers that mainly appeals to locals. It's worth doing once just to see it, but it's mainly a run for people who don't have time to run the Sky or Green and want an alternative to the forks of the Snoqualmie. Still, the Tolt is a pretty river with some nice class II rapids and an easy shuttle, but you may find a couple of logjams. There is often a wood hazard or two on this run and although you can generally find clean routes through you'll need to stay alert.

The class II gravel bar rapids start from the confluence of the North and South Forks of the Tolt. Limited access prevents most from starting their trip at the confluence (unless they are continuing down from a creek run on one of the forks).

Lat/long are approximate.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-08-05 21:24:43


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 28 2017 (413 days ago)
kmzorn (159173)
Beware beware beware of the logjam that crosses the entire river about 1 mile into this trip, at
around 7330 Tolt River Road. Yesterday my daughter and I were on a fun kayak ride that turned into
an emergency there really quickly. There's a nasty water hole where 2 logs converge and the current
forces you into it. It's possible to exit the river before the logjam and walk around it, but it's
hard to see in advance, because the logjam comes right after a bend in the river to the left. Thank
you very much Steve, for helping us cross the river safely after we escaped the water hole, and
David, for helping me later to salvage the kayak.

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